Governor Signs Bill to Help Spot Early Developmental Delays

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays using “formal, validated tools” at 9 months, 18 months, and at 21/2 years. These screenings take the form of surveys that ask about milestones and other age appropriate skills that a child may or may not be displaying.

Not all doctors use these tools, and that’s true in the case of Medi-Cal providers. But under a new law just signed by Gov. Newsom, they’ll be required to.

First 5 Association of California, Children Now, and First 5 L.A. co-sponsored AB 1004.

Newsom’s signature is consistent with his emphasis on “cradle-to-career” education. By the time a child enters kindergarten, existing and untreated delays can present a huge dilemma in the ability to learn and advance with other students. Early identification and treatment is therefore critical.

Read more about the bill at EdSource